Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

You are advised to bring shorts along with you when you attend the initial assessment.  It may also be helpful for you to bring the shoes you most often wear, for example work shoes or sport shoes.

  • The initial appointment takes approximately 1 hour.
  • Initially the Orthotist or Podiatrist will take a detailed history from you, including any information relevant to your injury or pain and discuss any concerns you may have.
  • An assessment of your joint and muscle flexibility and strength is then carried out around the lower back, hip, knee, ankle and foot.
  • The Orthotist or Podiatrist will perform a series of relevant tests to assist in making a diagnosis.
  • A video walking analysis or video running analysis will then be taken with you walking and running on the treadmill.  The advanced video gait analysis software allows the Orthotist or Podiatrist to identify alignment changes (too quick for the human to notice) which may contribute to your foot pain, leg pain, knee pain, hip pain or back pain or which may increase the risk of injury or contribute to joint or muscle breakdown in later life.
  • This video walking analysis and video running analysis is the best method of highlighting alignment deviations surrounding the pelvis, knee and foot.  It is only when combined with the Orthotist or Podiatrist expert knowledge that a clear biomechanical diagnosis can then be made.
  • Your biomechanical recording will be played back and discussed with you to ensure you leave the clinic with a clear understanding of why you struggle with your injury and foot pain, leg pain, knee pain, hip pain and back pain.
  • You will be advised whether orthotics are required and if so, the Orthotist or Podiatrist will discuss the most suitable prescription and cost.  Orthotics may be foot orthotics (insoles or arch supports), ankle foot orthotics, a knee brace ot specialist footwear.
  • You will be advised regarding muscle stretching and strengthening exercises.
  • A copy of your biomechanical report can be forwarded to your Physiotherapist, GP or Surgeon.
  • Your foot position and the angle of the Achilles tendon in relation to the centre of calf
  • The shape of the lower leg and any bend in the shin bone
  • The knee position and any excess rotation
  • The position of the pelvis: if the pelvis is elevated or excessively rotated
  • Any differences in leg length
  • A fitting appointment is advisable although not essential.  As many of our clients travel a fair distance it is sometimes preferable to have the orthotics posted to them.
  • An appointment will be arranged for fitting of your orthotics on the day of your initial appointment. The fitting appointment can be as quick as 1 week following the initial assessment.
  • The fitting appointment is FREE of charge.
  • An initial review appointment is advisable 6 weeks following your fitting.
  • At the review appointment we evaluate the effectiveness of your orthotics, whether this be foot orthotics (arch supports or insoles), ankle foot orthoses and specialist made to measure footwear.
  • A further video walking analysis or video running analysis will be taken in order to assess your progress and improvement to your foot, knee and pelvis position.
  • the Orthotist or Podiatrist will again liaise this information to your therapist.
  • It is rare that there problems with the orthotics however there is no charge should any modifications be required to improve comfort.